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Dont Let the Mess Stress You Out - Make Your Next Road Trip Clutter Free

In the fall we start back on our regular routines of school and work.  Your car is your office on the go and your home away from home! Whether you are a professional going to work or a busy mom or dad carpooling, having an organized vehicle can make the difference in your travels.   



Think about what items you will need as you travel.  We all need tissues, first aid kit, car registration, car insurance, and a flashlight just in case. What is needed for other travelers? Busy families may need books or toys.  Travel for work may require business products and files.  Take a few minutes to plan and write a list of needs for you and your family. 

  

If your car is your mobile office, organize for stocking, storing and traveling with business tools.  Carry some basic desk items such as business cards, calculator, stapler, scissors and tape in a zipper case or small tackle box.  Store files in a hanging file case with a cover.  Be sure to have a notebook and pen in your car for taking notes.  

For kids on the go, being organized makes every trip less demanding.  With access for your back seat travelers, you can place an organizer in the back seat or over the seat with a place for a water bottles, electronic games and books.  For kids’ toys and more, there is the Clear away car organizer.  For maps, snacks and more, look into the Case Logic Back Seat Organizer.  For movies and technology, look at the High Road Entertainment Organizer.  These organizing products make travel easier for everyone!

Every day items require storage too.  The Creekside Cargo Mini keeps all sorts of items from milk to soccer balls from rolling around your trunk.   For tools, purchase a durable canvas bag to contain all the tools including jumper cables. For compact disks, visor storage is a convenient, easy to access spot.  What about trash? A pop up trash can made of durable mesh can fit by the driver’s seat. 

What about paper? The glove compartment or center console is a great spot for this!  Use a check organizer and group the papers by category, such as maps and directions, insurance, warranty/instructions and emergency phone numbers.  Be sure to label each pocket for easy retrieval.  


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Finally, keeping your car organized requires maintenance routines. Each stop along the way and each evening empty the trash from your car. Restock the items for your business on a weekly basis.  Remind family members to replace items in the storage spots.  Be vigilant about your registration sticker and make a note on your calendar when to renew this.  Emptying the car is more than stuffing a bag and dropping it in your garage.  Finish your routine by putting the items in the trash or in their place inside your home.  Set aside time each day to keep your clean and clear.  

Driving can be a taxing part of our day.  Planning, storing and  organizing regularly keep your car a happy means of travel.  

Ellen R. Delap, CPO®
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